The teams compete in such events as Power Ball, Assault, The Wall and Hang Tough. The Eliminator round decides the winner of the tournament.
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Series cast summary:
Mike Adamle ...  Himself - Host 149 episodes, 1989-1996
Jim Starr ...  Laser 127 episodes, 1990-1996
Raye Hollitt ...  Zap 110 episodes, 1989-1995
Larry Thompson ...  Himself (Referee) / ... 106 episodes, 1991-1994
...  Hawk 104 episodes, 1991-1996
Galen Tomlinson ...  Turbo 101 episodes, 1991-1996
Lori Fetrick ...  Ice 96 episodes, 1991-1996
...  Nitro / ... 95 episodes, 1989-1996
Michael M. Horton ...  Gemini 81 episodes, 1989-1993
Larry Csonka ...  Himself - Host / ... 78 episodes, 1991-1993
...  Diesel 77 episodes, 1993-1996
Erika Andersch ...  Diamond 70 episodes, 1991-1993
Sha-Ri Pendleton ...  Blaze / ... 69 episodes, 1989-1993
Steve Henneberry ...  Tower 65 episodes, 1991-1994
John Harlan ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 65 episodes, 1990-1993
Shirley Eson ...  Sky 60 episodes, 1993-1996
...  Sabre 60 episodes, 1993-1996
Marisa Pare ...  Lace 60 episodes, 1989-1993
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A seasonal competition in which two men and two women compete against each other and a roster of "American Gladiators". Events include, The Assault, Joust, The Wall, Breakthrough and Conquer, Hang Tough, Powerball, and many others, all culminating in the final event, "The Eliminator", a difficult obstacle course race. Every season there is a tournament to determine its "Grand Champion". For two seasons, there was an "International" competition taped in England where the champions from 4-6 countries competed similarly. Written by Brian Reiss <reissbrl@notes.udayton.edu>

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Because of the steroid scandal that rocked Vince McMahon and the WWF, sponsors started demanding the Gladiators be drug tested. In his autobiography, Nitro, who now openly admits his steroid abuse problems, said they were given six weeks advance notice before the tests. While he didn't out anyone else, he explained that this allowed him to get the drugs out of his system, and then after the tests were over, get right back on them. See more »

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Contestant Rico Constantino, winner of an American Gladiator series went on to work for the WWE under his own name. As of the beginning of 2004, Rico has performed as the fashion designer/manager of Chuck and Billy, two later-shown-to-be-false homosexual wrestlers, and is now wrestling on his own as a flamboyant wrestler of questionable sexual orientation. He is managed by Jackie Gayda.


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